Colchester attracted a Timelord in Doctor Who. Matt Smith’s Doctor rooms with James Corden’s Craig Owens in a 2010 story entitled The Lodger. In the later episode Closing Time the Doctor and James Corden are mistaken for gay dads, in what must surely be Williams & Griffin department store. The Doctor and Craig also see Amy and Rory out shopping at Williams & Griffin and presumably happily living out their post-Tardis days in Essex. Meanwhile there was a crashed cyberman spacecraft underneath the store and the cybermen were having to rebuild themselves with bits of Essex men and women and possibly some old Roman septaria too.
All facts are from Pete May's new book The Joy of Essex (Robson Press).